60s One Hit Wonders – ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’ (1967}

Written by on September 5, 2023

60s One Hit Wonders – ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’ (1967}

Formed in 1962, American Breed was an American rock band that achieved significant success in the late 1960s. Comprising members Gary Loizzo, Charles Colbert, Al Ciner, and Lee Graziano, the band’s unique sound and dynamic performances captivated audiences across the nation. Initially known as Gary & The Knight Lites, they changed their name after record executives thought the name was too old-fashioned. “They told us Gary and the Knight Lites sounded a little dated”, Loizzo told Chicago Tribune in 1994. “So we put a bunch of names in a hat and pulled out American Breed”

One of American Breed’s most iconic songs is ‘Bend Me, Shape Me,’ which was released in 1967. Written by Scott English and Larry Weiss, the song quickly climbed the charts and became a massive hit, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.

‘Bend Me, Shape Me’ is a catchy and energetic track that showcases the band’s musical prowess and their ability to blend rock and pop elements seamlessly. With its infectious chorus and memorable guitar riffs, the song captured the hearts of listeners and solidified American Breed’s place in music history.

The release of ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’ marked a turning point in American Breed’s career. It not only propelled them into the mainstream music scene but also showcased their versatility as artists. Although classified legitimately as ‘One Hit Wonders’, American Breed did have a number of charting songs, including their first single release ‘Step Out of Your Mind’, that peaked just outside the top 20 at number 24, and ‘Green Light’, that hit number 39.

They had great success in the radio jingle business, doing spots for Coca-Cola, Bell Telephone, and the U.S. Navy, among others. A television commercial for American Airlines was also a success.

Not only did ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’ resonate with fans, but it also received critical acclaim. Critics praised the band’s tight harmonies, Loizzo’s powerful vocals, and the infectious energy of the track. The song’s innovative production and catchy melodies made it a standout in the crowded music landscape of the late 1960s.

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